Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BC Splash is back Nov. 4!

BC Splash is a rare opportunity both for college and high school students. BC undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to share and showcase their passion for education in a classroom setting while high school students are immersed in the college environment for a whole day. They have the chance to explore the campus, network with undergraduates, and take classes in a wide variety of subjects. 

Student Registration is open
To Register for classes click HERE.
Please note: every student attending BC Splash must bring with them a signed liability form on the day of the event in order to participate. The liability form can be found HERE. Forms will be accepted at student registration only, please do not mail/email them. A reminder email with the form will be sent out the week of BC Splash.


This Fall’s Splash will be on November 4th! Student Registration for this Fall’s event is Open

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane impact on college related activities

Due to the hurricane the Guidance Department wants BHS students to be aware of the following:

Tomorrow night's College Fair (10/30/2012)  at the Shriners' Auditorium in Wilmington has been cancelled. 

AND for seniors applying Early Action:

Message from The Common Application: 
In response to Hurricane Sandy, several member colleges are extending their November 1 early deadlines. For the most accurate information, please check individual college websites, social media pages and your email as many member colleges have sent emails to applicants with the most up-to-date information and instructions. We continue to monitor the storm and its aftereffects closely and will communicate any new information as necessary.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Senior Parent Breakfast

On Wednesday October 24 th at 8 30 A.M. in the Burlington High School College and Career Center the Guidance Department will host a breakfast for senior parents. The purpose of this breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of the college application process, but our hope is to spend most of the time answering any questions or concerns from parents about the college process. Please join us for this informative event. We look forward to seeing you on October 24th at 8:30 AM. Please RSVP at 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gearing Up for College

Host: Dr. Mark Montgomery
Date: October 18th
Time: 6:30PM– 8:00PM
Location: Burlington (MA) High School Auditorium
Who should attend: Parents and student in grades 8, 9, 10 or 11

If a college education is a critical credential for success in the 21st century, how can I be sure that I’m ready for the challenge?
How should I get prepared?
How can I get into the best college—and make the most out of it?
Much of what we read about college admissions these days sows fear in the hearts and minds of both students and parents.  College admission seems more competitive, more stressful, more expensive, and more unpredictable than ever before. 
Questions swirl:

How will I pick the right college for me?
What is the secret to admission to highly selective colleges?
What if my SAT or ACT scores are lower than I want them to be?
What if I got a C in chemistry…am I doomed?
My GPA suffered freshman year (I was temporarily possessed by aliens); can I still get into Harvard?
Which activities should I pursue to stand out from the crowd?
Why do smart people attend community college?
Will I ever be able to afford to go to college, even if I can get in?
With only 24 hours in a day, how can I be a high school superstar?

This presentation will answer all these questions…and more. 
Looking at college through the lens of the admissions process, Mark Montgomery will share insights about how to prepare for college

The goal is to help you focus more on the fundamental issues of happiness, success, and prosperity, and less on the things that makes this process one of the craziest, scariest, and most out-of-control aspects of American education. 
Come regain some control.  Come learn how you can Gear Up For College.
This presentation is aimed at students in 8th through 11th grade.  But those with a bad case of senioritis also are welcome to attend, as are younger students (and their parents) who want to get ahead of the curve.
Mark Montgomery, Ph.D., is an independent college consultant serving a national and international clientele from offices in Denver, Colorado, Westfield, New Jersey, and Hong Kong, China.  A former college administrator, admissions officer, professor of international relations, and high school teacher of French, he brings a wealth of educational experience and perspective to the process of college selection and admission.  He speaks to audiences around the world about how to choose the right colleges—and get in. 
For more information about Dr. Montgomery, please visit  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Freshman Parent Breakfast

The Burlington High School Guidance Department will be hosting a breakfast for all parents of freshman students on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in  the BHS Guidance College and Career Center from 8:30 to 9:45 am. The Guidance Department at BHS has recognized that it often takes a full year for students and parents to understand and access the numerous programs, resources, and committed staff we have at Burlington High School. Our goal is to expedite this process for you by discussing topics important for the transition to high school. Please join The Guidance Department for this informative and open dialogue. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

College Essay Activity

The below post was written by Ms. Emily Minty and Mrs. Molly Leary from the BHS Guidance Department

During period 3 today, all seniors attended a presentation by a panel of college admission representatives on the topic of the college essay. The panel included representatives from Boston University, UMass Lowell, and Suffolk University.

They offered great advice on the essay including:
  • Students should write about something they are passionate about as opposed to what they think admissions counselors want to hear.
  • The topic a student chooses is much less important than the student’s personal connection to the topic.
  • The student’s authentic voice should shine through. One representative suggested that students consider writing in the same voice they would use when speaking to someone, however, they should also keep a respectful tone and avoid profanity.
  • If a student doesn’t take part in a college interview, this is the only chance to share who they are beyond their grades and test scores, so it should be taken seriously and used as an opportunity.
  • While the essay should be personal, students were encouraged not to over-share—if they wouldn’t feel comfortable reading their essay to an admissions representative face to face, they should probably rethink what they’re writing!
  • If the student is a borderline case for admission, the essay could sway the committee either way in their decision to admit the student.
  • Make sure that the essay is proofread and double-checked before hitting “send.”
  • While it is recommended that a good grammar person and idea person review the essay, students should avoid having so many people offer advice that they lose their voice in the process.
  • Stay as close to the 500 word limit as possible. If it’s much longer, it better be really good!
  • If the essay will be sent to more than one college, be sure that it is general enough for each college and does not mention a specific college by name.
  • If students choose to write about how a person influenced them, be sure the essay is not a biography of the person they’re writing about, but focuses on their impact on the student. The college should want admit the student and not the person they wrote about!
  • The biggest mistake that could be made is to plagiarize any part of the essay. This will always result in an automatic denial of admission because it would result in expulsion at the college level.
The representatives encouraged students to contact them or admissions representatives without hesitation if they have questions about applying. Below is the contact information for each representative.

Boston University: Rachel Boyle, Assistant Director

Suffolk UniversityLark Krajeski, Assistant Director

U Mass Lowell:Troy Lazaro, Assistant Director ofMulticultural Recruitment